#WOMEN AND GIRLS

Shining a light on Violence against Women and Girls programming…the need for evaluation

In September 2017, Sam McPherson and I attended the launch of the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) new, global, multi-year initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative – at the UN General Assembly.

As the impressive speakers, ranging from António Guterres, UN Secretary-General to Malala Yousafzai, spoke …

Evaluation is crucial to reaching the FP2020 goals

With the announcement this week that the UK will be holding the Family Planning Summit later this year, the Health Theme in Itad has been thinking about what evaluation means to them in the family planning arena.

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH), particularly family planning, is very close to our hearts. As highlighted in our 60-second interview, before we …

Itad joins Social Norms Community of Practice

Itad’s Claire Hughes will be joining a working group of researchers, practitioners, and donors next week in Baltimore for a two-day meeting exploring how social norms change can be facilitated and measured in the field, particularly with regards to gender-based violence.

The overall goal of the working group is to create a community to help researchers and …

Strengthening the enabling environment for young women’s empowerment in Nigeria: unpacking Voices for Change vision of change

On International Women’s Day, Claire Hughes, who leads Itad’s work on gender, reflects on the Voices for Change pathway to empowering young women in Nigeria.

Last week I had the privilege of working with the Voices for Change project team on their theory of change.  Itad is a core partner on this innovative 5 year DFID supported programme, which aims to …

Gender Equality: what’s in it for men?

When we talk about gender equality, aren’t we talking about women’s participation and empowerment? So why work with men? Involving men and boys in programmes on gender equality is something that has been overlooked for many years, but there is increasing evidence that in order to address gender inequality effectively, men have to become part of the debate and …

A Ridiculously Short Introduction to Monitoring & Evaluation for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development*

So you want to measure and/or evaluate a programme with Women’s Economic Empowerment? The programme is using a market systems approach? Don’t know where to start? I was equally curious. Luckily, a number of very smart and experienced people have written and spoken on the subject. Below are some of the key points that stuck with me while I’ve been reading up on this …

What has DFID funded in the area of Empowerment and Accountability and Gender equality?

The answer is not as straightforward as you may think. We had to figure it out whilst working on two evaluations for DFID, one of its gender policy – the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women, and the other of its Empowerment and Accountability policy. We needed to understand how these policies are reflected in DFID projects, and we also wanted to put the …

Getting to grips with the DFID Macro Evaluations

We were absolutely elated when, in February 2014, DFID awarded Itad, on behalf of the ePact consortium, the contract to conduct macro evaluations of their gender policy – the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women – and their Empowerment and Accountability policy.
Our initial reaction
Both macro evaluations are high profile, challenging pieces of work, but for …